John Maguire

John Maguire

The Kings of Comedy

The Kings of Comedy

Titans of their cultural age, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s rich comedic legacy lives on in a new biopic which sees them brought back to life by Steve Coogan and John C Reilly. John Maguire meets the two stars in London

Lanthimos serves up a right royal romp

Lanthimos serves up a right royal romp

The Favourite is an extravagantly strange, sublimely bawdy film that can count three phenomenal performances from phenomenal actresses amongst its heaped achievements.

Playing it safe again with Poppins

Playing it safe again with Poppins

Cinema Mary Poppins Returns: Directed by Rob Marshall, Nationwide, G, Rating: *** Roma: Directed ...

The cream of cinema’s crop

The cream of cinema’s crop

For these ten films, and many others I’ve liked or loved this year, it’s impossible to separate them from the current times. As the world shifts in unpredictable ways, we turn to cinema for a way to process seismic events from a safe remove.

Von Trier plumbs the depths yet again

Von Trier plumbs the depths yet again

Painfully incoherent, disgustingly misogynistic and suffused with a radioactive self-loathing, The House That Jack Built is essentially cinematic clickbait

Redford signs off in some style

Redford signs off in some style

The Old Man & The Gun will be Robert Redford’s last performance on film and it is, fittingly and thankfully, a virtuoso swansong to an iconic career

Gifts for culture vultures

Gifts for culture vultures

The Hollywood dream factory might have been founded on visions of luxury and decadence, but film ...

The girl who became an action figure

The girl who became an action figure

In 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' any edgy vulnerability or awkward indecisiveness the character once possessed has been sanded down to better fit the contours of a big-bang superhero blockbuster

Film: Stuffing a sequel to saturation point

Film: Stuffing a sequel to saturation point

If, like me, you come away from Grindelwald thinking there is far too much to it, that exhaustion will not be soothed by news that no fewer than three further sequels await us

Female cast electrifies in feisty heist movie

Female cast electrifies in feisty heist movie

Those expecting the familiar cacophonous rhythms of studio cops-and-robbers cinema will be electrified by how McQueen absorbs political, racial and gender issues into his supercharged story

Leigh fluffs his big historical moment

Leigh fluffs his big historical moment

There’s something dusty and clumsy about Mike Leigh's Peterloo that saps the film of its zeal and urgency; a fogginess that settles early and never lifts.

Film: Trying to capture a fighter’s spirit

Film: Trying to capture a fighter’s spirit

Ross Whitaker’s knockout documentary portrait Katie follows the Bray boxer from her disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics through to her decision to turn professional the following year

Halloween has both tricks and treats in store

Halloween has both tricks and treats in store

A tendency to undercut the tension with goofy jokes and comic asides means this sequel does not have the dreadful elegance of the original

Film: Gripping portrayal of a family on the edge

Film: Gripping portrayal of a family on the edge

First conceived of two years ago and filmed last year, Rosie might as well be broadcast live. Nothing has changed in the interim for those 10,000 people (4,000 of them children) who are without a home in Ireland

Film: Cooper and Gaga radiate Star quality

Film: Cooper and Gaga radiate Star quality

A Star Is Born is more than just a cash-grabbing remake or a rebooted throwback: it’s a passionate reminder of the grand ambition that movies are all about